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Johnny Podres, a politician whose record against corruption had been propelling him...
Johnny Podres, a politician whose record against corruption had been propelling him straight to the mayor’s office, is found murdered in a North Philly crack house.
Enter Samuel Jackson, a.k.a. Black, a drug addict who knows better, a man embittered by the fact that he can’t seem to escape from his addiction to crack cocaine or, for that matter, from himself. Though he was once a family man with a wife and son, Black’s only concern these days is getting his next high, that is, until he stumbles across a friend and fellow addict, Leroy, and both become prime suspects in the Podres murder. Black and Leroy hook up with two female pipers: Clarisse, a registered nurse who is slowly losing to crack any semblance of a respectable life, and Pookie, who already has lost it. Soon the hunt is on for all four as they try to stay one step ahead of a police department under tremendous pressure to solve the case—because if a killer isn’t found soon, this could blow up into one of the biggest scandals in Philadelphia history.
Solomon Jones weaves a suspenseful story against the backdrop of corruption in the Philadelphia police department and centers it on a group of drug addicts who, in the process of fleeing the law, come to terms with their own addiction, leading to some devastating consequences.
But as she began to close the door, she took on a look that seemed to depict a struggle between two separate people-the one who was a principled, respectable professional young woman and the one who was smoking the pipe.
"I'll give you a bundle," Black said, reading her expression and taking a chance that the crack fiend would win the struggle.
The door stopped in mid-swing.
"A bundle?" she said.
Posted February 7, 2010
Mr. Jones did such fantastic writing with Pipe Dreams, I had to reread the book. I read Pipe Dreams many years ago with the book club I participated in. From the beginning of the book, I was captured by the characters and the plot. I have recommended this book to many people, and will be purchaing other books by Mr. Solomon in the future. Keep up the fantastic writing!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 13, 2009
This was a riveting story about police corruption intersecting with the lives of four people caught up (all at different levels) in the web of crack addiction. It shows how easy it can be for the public to assume the worst. This could have easily been written as a strictly racial bias lament, but Solomon Jones demonstrates a good understanding of human nature, mixing his black, white, and Hispanic characters with both good qualities and bad, strengths and flaws. This novel did not sugar-coat addiction, nor did it offer any promise that doing the right thing to expose corruption will always bring with it just rewards. However, Jones managed to offer a hopeful ending, which is the most anyone can ask for in this life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2008
Drugs, power and control is what theses pipers are all fighting for. When it comes down to murder and the police Leroy is the first to run from the trouble. This compelling novel takes place in a dark dreary neighborhood in Philly. It¿s amazing how you see the mind of a crack addict at work fighting for love and drugs at the same time. Clarisse is stuck in the middle of all the drugs and drama when she regrettably opens the door for these troubled pipers. The search began for the four troubled pipers running through the streets and stealing cars and clothes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2005
In this novel Jones showed that the police aren't always what people make them out to be...he let you see that just bc drug addicts are down on their luck not ALL would do anything for a hit!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2005
Pipe Dream was such an interesting novel. It had every element a book should have: mystery, romance, crime and truth. I related so much to the story being a recovering addict myself. I wish there were more authors out there like Solomon Jones.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2004
This book is excellent! It was refreshing to see the underdogs, not only plea for those to believe in their innocence, but really be innocent. The switch in the stereotypes were magnificent and more relistic than people want to believe. The author was able to accurately show a part of the world that does really exist, emphasizing the disparate treatment of human beings without letting racial tension over ride the story. The dialogue involving the police scenes were very accurate. Could not put this book down until I was done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2004
I've never read a suspense/mystery before this, but this book is un-believ-able. I've never read anything like this. It goes up there among the best. You have to be open-minded to be able to understand all the characters. It is amazing and this cat Solomon Jones has earned a fan for life!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 31, 2003
I'm usually relieved when I get books from the library because they're not worth buying. But this one was worth ALL the money I didn't spend and the money I will be using to purchase ALL of this author's books. Solomon Jones is excellent at his craft. Being an aspiring writer, I NEED to read good novels to make me want to write. This is a definite ten. It deals with the life of three crackheads who get accused of murder and kidnapping but who are innocent. It goes into their past lives before drugs, love, manipulation, behind-the-scenes look at police, and a story that unravels smoothly. I was impressed!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2002
Congratulations Solomon!!! This book is a masterpiece. I could not put it down and read it in one day. It was amazing how you gave 'pipers' a face and drew us into their world. We often look down on the struggling drug addict and never take a chance to get to know them or consider that they most often, were once like us. They had families and children and homes and careers. I personally have experienced loving several people addicted to crack cocaine. Your book was so true to life. Although it is a fiction, I felt as if you were telling the life story of people close to me. Thank God one person in particular has since been to recovery and is living a wonderful life now, because of his faith in God and a few people who would not give up on him. I pray that God will continue to bless you and your wife and new baby. Please don't stop writing, I'm anxiously waiting for the next book. I thank God he saved you from the streets of Philadelphia and the bondage of crack cocaine addiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2011
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